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Annual Report 2011

To help policymakers manage the globalization of the food system in a pro-poor fashion, IFPRI provides evidence and tools on global agricultural trade negotiations, the role of domestic policies, and the effects of developed-country policies on developing-country food security.

Key Research and Outcomes from 2011

  • At the World Economic Forum in Davos, a World Trade Organization interim report relied heavily on IFPRI research findings on the extent to which implementation of the Doha Development Round agreement would constrain domestic support within key countries. An IFPRI research brief, WTO Disciplines on Agricultural Support, outlined how the WTO Agreement on Agriculture has attempted to move domestic farm policies in a less trade-distorting direction since its inception in 1995.

  • The debate on the benefits of biofuels continued in 2011, especially in the European Union. In a report prepared for the European Commission, IFPRI examined whether the increase in the amount of land used to grow biofuel crops in Europe will eventually lead to a loss of overall cropland and diminish the extent to which biofuel production reduces carbon emissions.

  • IFPRI was active in the 2011 G20 meeting in Paris and coauthored a paper (*Price Volatility in Food and Agricultural Markets: Policy Responses commissioned by the Group in 2010 on risk-management options for dealing with price volatility of food and other agriculture commodities without distorting market behavior. The Institute also became a member of the Agriculture Market Information System (AMIS) secretariat.

  • IFPRI launched the Excessive Food Price Variability Early Warning System, a new tool that provides a visual alert of daily price volatility status, helps track and explain periods of excessive volatility, and contributes to developing clear, transparent “trigger” criteria for releasing emergency food reserves. This tool supports the initiatives of the 2011 G20 Action Plan and is part of AMIS.

  • AGRODEP (the African Growth and Development Policy Modeling Consortium) continued to expand in 2011, engaging in its second round of membership extension and hosting a series of workshops focusing on climate change and food price analysis.